During the Carlist war of the early 1870s, a young, unnamed protagonist joins the champions of Don Carlos de Bourbon, pretender to the throne of Spain, in this 1919 novel by the author of Lord Jim and Heart of Darkness. The Carlists exploit the eager youth's love for the sea to persuade him to run perilous gun smuggling missions for their cause, ventures he later learns have been financed by Doņa Rita, the beautiful mistress and heiress of a rich man's fortune. And although the youth is overwhelmed by the attractions of Doņa Rita, she has also caught the eye of Confederate veteran Captain Blunt.
"The magical quality of the narrative, the fastidious and unerring distinction of the style, are [Joseph] Conrad at his best."Spectator